Do not get into a fight on Facebook. Do not get into a fight on Facebook…I say this to myself often unfortunately. I posted a while ago about engaging with a “friend” after they posted some anti-vegan stuff on their page. I told myself I shouldn’t but I did anyway. Well it came up again. This “friend” posted this article. I knew they were posting it because of me and I called them out on it. They, of course, claimed they weren’t but I am their only vegan friend. (Their exact response: “Actually I didn’t post this based on anyone’s posts. I posted it cause I enjoyed the content. But if thinking it’s because I’m posting it in response to something you posted helps you sleep at night then go ahead and keep thinking so”). After engaging again, even though I knew I shouldn’t, I decided it would be healthier for me if I unfollowed them. Boundaries.
This post is not about that “fight”, seriously though…you’re the one continuing to inflict harm and suffering on sentient beings just because of your taste buds (or because “God created animals for us”) but yeah, I’m the one having trouble sleeping.
It’s actually about this extremely dense article. I can’t even with this…
Basically this article is saying that veganism is not cruelty-free so we should just keep eating animals and not doing anything to make life better for anyone. Ok that’s not really what it says but that’s what I took away. This article was just an excuse for some butthurt carnist to feel better about eating meat because they can’t argue with the facts anymore.
This article states that many vegans believe that veganism is equal to cruelty-free but veganism is not cruelty-free and they go on to list why but mostly it’s about the agricultural industry and how the people who pick the fruit and vegetables aren’t getting fair wages. That’s pretty much their only argument on why veganism isn’t cruelty-free.
The ridiculousness of this article put me on 10 immediately!
First, there are such things as fair-trade. Fair-trade products have been produced by people who are given good wages. You can also purchase local products which help cut down on the chances of them being produced unfairly.
Secondly, since when have these people started to care about fair wages or living conditions of others? The people that work in slaughter houses work in terrible conditions, for long hours, for little money. Most of them suffer from PTSD, depression, and anxiety! But you don’t care about that while you’re sucking down your 99 cent hamburger.
Also, you’re calling out vegans specifically for not caring about people of color because we need our quinoa. (Fair-trade quinoa does exist!) Do you (these people with quotes in the article) care about where your cheap clothes come from? What about those Dollar Store purchases from China? Oh you don’t think about those? Guess what? Maybe that’s something you need to think about. Cheap means cheap for a reason and usually it’s because of the labor involved.
So now that we’ve covered the ‘fair wages’ that you carnists obviously don’t care about, let’s move to more serious issues. Do you care about the health ramifications of the people spraying the fields for your conventionally grown products? What about the animals or environment or people living around these areas? These chemicals have been proven to cause cancer. They are being blamed for the deterioration of the bee population. Scientists have estimated that if the bees die out, humans only have seven-that’s SEVEN-years before we all die out. What about the people who live by factory farms, specifically pig farms? The farms pump out the fumes from the pig sewage into the air because it’s toxic. That means that the people living nearby, even within MILES, can be affected by these fumes deemed ‘too toxic for the pigs’. Think, there is POOP in the air. What are the health ramifications of that for these people, specifically the children? There are lawsuits in Iowa and North Carolina against these pig farms. The people in NC actually WON against the factory farm. The problem is that this factory farm is not going to change their practices. They’re just going to move to another location. And since most factory farms are near lower income neighborhoods they’re just going to be moved to another low income neighborhood.
There is no way, I repeat NO WAY to live on this planet and be 100% cruelty free. The point of veganism is to minimize the amount of harm you are inevitably inflicting by living on this earth. By not consuming animals or products; by not purchasing off-products from animals (leather/wool/silk); by not purchasing or using products that have caused harm to animals (meaning tested on); by purchasing organic, fair-trade, local, and properly-priced products we can live as cruelty-free as possible.
And by NO MEANS is eating meat/dairy/eggs even REMOTELY close to being cruelty-free. So stop trying to make yourselves feel better because you know what you’re doing is DIRECTLY contributing to animal suffering.